Skip to main content



Research and Teaching Staff

Land, Bruce

  • Land, Bruce
  • Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Phillips Hall, Room 214
  • Phone: 607/255-7994
  • Return to list

Bruce Land is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell. He teaches three courses in ECE and advises masters of engineering projects in ECE. He has been in this position since 1998.

Land received a BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1968 and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Cornell University in 1976 . He was a Muscular Dystrophy Association postdoc in Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) at Cornell for three years, then a lecturer in NBB for seven years. During this time he worked with Miriam Salpeter on the coupling of activity at the vertebrate neuromuscular junction, both experimentally and by computer modeling. In 1987 he moved to the Cornell Theory Center as a computational research associate, then started supporting graphics and animation. He was visualization project leader at the CTC from 1989 to 1998. From 1992 to 1998 he taught an introductory computer graphics course in Computer Science at Cornell. From 1998 to 2007 he taught computer programming and electronics courses in NBB.

Research Interests:

Land's research has focused on the application of electrical engineering to neurobiology and animal behavior. He is interested in low-cost, high-performance biological instrumentation, schemes for reducing the dimensionality of biological data, simulation of neural and behavioral systems, and application of signal processing techniques to biological signals. He has workd on inexpensive neurobiological instrumentation for high schools and colleges, estimation of the 'complexity' of a signal to be compared to other biological measures, low-dimensional motion analysis of animal visual signals, mathematical simulation of neural processing in electroreception, and spike train analysis of electrophysiological data. At the Theory Center (1987-1997) Land was involved in human factors, fracture mechanics, chemistry, and computer graphics.

Visit Bruce Land's website.